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Saturday, July 26, 2014

HoVG: John Rocker Shows Up in Cooperstown… “Survivor” Up Next

Well, guess I can add gutless Ryan Klesko to my mierda list.

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This year, however, is a little different.  Probably thinking there’s a way to cash in on the glut of Atlanta Braves fans making the trip north…there’s also John Rocker.  And, sure, it’d be easy to suspect that Rocker is in town to support his former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and skipper Bobby Cox, but, it’s Rocker…and we know that’s not how dude operates.

Rocker (alongside another former Brave Ryan Klesko) was holding down his patch of sidewalk selling books, posing for pictures, signing autographs and, naturally, telling folks to “Speak English”.

Repoz Posted: July 26, 2014 at 09:37 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: July 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM (#4758257)
you just know there'll be a gay African-American and a coupla random lesbians in the cast as well...
   2. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: July 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4758261)
Jesus. What a ####### jack ass.
   3. Lassus Posted: July 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM (#4758268)
I am very sorry I was not there today to buy that shirt and set it on fire in front of him. Maybe tomorrow.
   4. Tin Angel Posted: July 26, 2014 at 11:38 PM (#4758272)
Pathetic. Obligatory.
   5. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: July 26, 2014 at 11:49 PM (#4758273)
This is expected behavior from Rocker. He's a true asshat's asshat. But while there were warning signs with Ryan Klesko - he was fond of riding along on "COPS" like SWAT team assaults on neighborhoods and always fond of big boomsticks - I am still quite disappointed in Ryno. A long favored player falls from the graces today.
   6. rr Posted: July 26, 2014 at 11:50 PM (#4758274)
I like that Repoz found a pic of Rocker which also has a "Captain 2 Clutch" t-shirt in it.
   7. Lars6788 Posted: July 26, 2014 at 11:52 PM (#4758275)
Klesko seems like a garden variety redneck while Rocker is simply nutso.
   8. Tin Angel Posted: July 27, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4758277)
Nice of Papelbon to stop by too.
   9. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: July 27, 2014 at 12:32 AM (#4758281)
I am very sad to see that this Hall of Very Good is in no way affiliated with our old friend Jesus Melendez.
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 27, 2014 at 12:39 AM (#4758283)

I am very sad to see that this Hall of Very Good is in no way affiliated with our old friend Jesus Melendez.


I went looking for the same thing.
   11. Jesus Melendez Posted: July 27, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4758295)
It's the same site...please try and pay better attention.
   12. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 27, 2014 at 02:27 AM (#4758296)
Rocker (alongside another former Brave Ryan Klesko) was holding down his patch of sidewalk selling books, posing for pictures, signing autographs and, naturally, telling folks to “Speak English”.

What, no Confederate flags? Shocking.

And yes Ryan Klesko, welcome to the 'piece of human garbage' list. Seriously, what the #### is wrong with people. Rocker is raffling off 'a night out drinking with John Rocker' at five bucks a pop. American white people scare the #### out of me.

   13. Meatwad in mourning Posted: July 27, 2014 at 02:35 AM (#4758298)
someone should enter dial into that raffle.
   14. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 27, 2014 at 03:00 AM (#4758300)
American white people scare the #### out of me.


Racist.
   15. John Reynard Posted: July 27, 2014 at 03:43 AM (#4758305)
I can't believe Klesko was dumb enough to get caught up in something like this. This was not well thought out on his part.
   16. Yellow Tango Posted: July 27, 2014 at 06:20 AM (#4758309)
I'm not sure the Klesko hate is really justified. This was part of a 6-person signing thing, I think. Walking through Cooperstown yesterday, I remember seeing a sign with the Rocker and Klesko signings that also had a few other names on it (definitely Wohlers, maybe Orlando Cepeda?). Rocker was just one member of a much larger group.
   17. Barnaby Jones Posted: July 27, 2014 at 07:02 AM (#4758312)
Yeah, I'm not really sure "being near John Rocker in a photo" is a hangable offense.
   18. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: July 27, 2014 at 07:16 AM (#4758314)
Yeah, I'm not really sure "being near John Rocker in a photo" is a hangable offense.


Particularly given that Klesko is angling his body away from Rocker and whoever's with him, just kind of absorbed in his phone. Not to get all Bill Simmons body language doctor on this one, but the photo shows two guys who happen to be signing at the same table, not two guys pitching the same agenda.
   19. Brian White Posted: July 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4758344)
Yeah, Klesko was just sitting at the same table, because that was how the autograph schedule was done. Later in the afternoon, Marquis Grissom was sitting in between Rocker and Klesko, signing autographs, and I don't think anyone would accuse Grissom of being a supporter of Rocker's redneck crusade.
   20. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4758376)
Yeah, I'm not really sure "being near John Rocker in a photo" is a hangable offense.

To a psychotic red diaper doper baby, being a white American who doesn't have the "correct" view about something is a hangable offense.
   21. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM (#4758385)
To a psychotic red diaper doper baby, being a white American who doesn't have the "correct" view about something is a hangable offense.

Says the guy who routinely calls those who disagree with him "psychotic red diaper doper babies".
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4758387)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
John Rocker wishes to publicly disassociate himself from Joey B.'s thoughts and statements: "Any perceived connection would be damaging to my reputation."
   23. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4758388)
Says the guy who routinely calls those who disagree with him "psychotic red diaper doper babies".

BITD Joey was a cute little baby himself.
   24. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 27, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4758502)
#22 is RDF.
   25. Esoteric Posted: July 27, 2014 at 04:02 PM (#4758512)
#22 was great, but I have to say that #12 really is almost self-parodyingly stupid, from a Primate who should know better. Even if John Rocker is an ass (and make no mistake, he most certainly is), the mere act of associating with him does not make a person a "piece of human garbage." That's the sort of language that any sane, emotionally well-balanced human being limits to rapists, mass-murderers, child molesters, and neoconservatives. The fact that, as it turns out, Klesko just happened to be the guy occupying the chair next to Rocker at a six-person signing only makes #12's mindless rage that much more embarrassing.
   26. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: July 27, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4758549)
#22 was great, but I have to say that #12 really is almost self-parodyingly stupid, from a Primate who should know better...

It seemed like standard Robert to me.
   27. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 27, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4758563)
"Robert in Manhattan Beach" is definitely the most unhinged Jacobin we have around here. This dude would have made Che Guevara a little nervous.
   28. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 27, 2014 at 05:39 PM (#4758591)
"Robert in Manhattan Beach" is definitely the most unhinged Jacobin we have around here. This dude would have made Che Guevara a little nervous.


The non-use of RDDP (note: Red Diaper Doper Baby, of course, not Ray Damned DiPerna) gives me a smidgen of hope.
   29. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 27, 2014 at 06:52 PM (#4758670)
#22 was great, but I have to say that #12 really is almost self-parodyingly stupid, from a Primate who should know better. Even if John Rocker is an ass (and make no mistake, he most certainly is), the mere act of associating with him does not make a person a "piece of human garbage." That's the sort of language that any sane, emotionally well-balanced human being limits to rapists, mass-murderers, child molesters, and neoconservatives. The fact that, as it turns out, Klesko just happened to be the guy occupying the chair next to Rocker at a six-person signing only makes #12's mindless rage that much more embarrassing.

Concur.
   30. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: July 27, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4758701)
Given that this is a group signing table I rescind my disappoint and return Kleskos bat flip to its proper place of honor.
   31. depletion Posted: July 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4758793)
American white people scare the #### out of me.

They have white people in other countries? Gots to get me a passport some time.
By the way, this is one (or two) guy out of 300,000,000.

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